New PS Plus: A Killer Game Pass? Our verdict on the PlayStation offer!

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After months of waiting, it’s here! On June 23, Sony will inaugurate in Europe the new version of its PlayStation Plus. Leave the good old PS Plus and PS Now and make room for Essential, Extra and Premium offers on PS4 like PS5. Wondering what it’s worth? We screened the Japanese manufacturer’s Game Pass killer. Here is our opinion right away!

Here we are, him called “Spartacus Project” entering the arena! Under this name hides a new version of PlayStation Plus, the subscription service on PS4 | PS5. Since this Thursday, June 23, all over Europe, PS Now and the classic PS Plus are disappearing in favor ofa three-part offer. The first, “PS Plus Essential”, offers the same benefits as good old PlayStation Plus (online games, save in the cloud, games included every month). The other, “Extra”, also benefits from a catalog of about 400 PS4 titles | PS5. While the third, “Premium”, adds retro software (PSP, PS1, PS2, PSP), remote reading of a selection of software thanks to streaming and – the icing on the cake – demos to test a handful of triple-Som. For more information, you will find the prices below. Is the price worth it?

PlayStation Plus offers Price 1 month Price 3 months Price 12 months
Important € 8.99 € 24.99 (€ 8.33 / month) € 59.99 (approx. € 5 / month)
Additional € 13.99 € 39.99 (€ 13.33 / month) € 99.99 (approx. € 8 / month)
Premium € 16.99 € 49.99 (approx. € 16 / month) € 119.99 (approx. € 10 / month)

“Work in progress”

Come on, let’s get our hands dirty. On PS5, the new version of PlayStation Plus directly replaces the page dedicated to the old formula when subscribing to the home screen (on PS4 it is now a separate application). It is therefore up to you to enjoy the tabs and submenus to access what is due to you according to your offer. This is a first point: the use of the new PlayStation Plus is not very ergonomic, and there is some visible awkwardness. On the next generation, for example, the first menu brings you into the 400 PS4 games | PS5 (included in PS Plus Extra / Premium) without the ability to sort them by platform or streaming compatibility. It’s even more restrictive in the second tab dedicated to retro titles, “The Classics”. On PS5, we are initially confused when we see the PS4 redesigners of The Last of Us and Uncharted at the top of the list. Know that further down from the main page there is a submenu where the PSP, PS1 and PS2 games are well arranged. So there is a lot of progress to be made!

A complete offer?

Is the account there by the way? Last March, Sony announced on its blog about 700 apps for its new PlayStation Plus. And according to our calculations, the account is good! On the Games tab, we have listed 740 titles. There seems to be around 400 on the PS4 catalog | PS5 and well over 300 in the retro department. And that’s not all. As explained by the Japanese company, updates will gradually enrich the PlayStation Plus offer. And as it stands, there is already plenty to do. It was acquired: Sony has made a noticeable effort when it comes to big games and especially exclusive presentations on the PS4 PS5 list. In addition to Spider-Man Miles Morales or Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, who are already two years old, we’re very excited to see the latest releases like Returnal, Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut, and Death Stranding Director’s Cut. An enthusiasm that we share a little less for the retro catalog, which currently still lacks big names PlayStation (Tomb Raider, Wipeout, Metal Gear).

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Retro and streaming

Yes, there are many games, but you still have to discover them under good conditions! Of course, all PlayStation Plus titles can be downloaded (except those on PS3), which guarantees an optimal experience. Besides, for PS1 and PS2 software in 3D, we note a rendering worthy of a remaster, very clean and fluid. Get ready to rediscover Toy Story 2 or Tekken 2. A very good point. Note that the oldest software also benefits from a special menu to save at any time and rewind the action. But many games can also be tried in streaming (except the PS5 versions). As usual, if your internet connection holds, you will be entitled to Full HD between 30 and 60 frames per second. Whether it was on PS4 or PS5, we had a similar experience from our premises. In the most ambitious 3D titles, we often notice artifacts in the background. Other than that, the result is clean and still really playable even in the fastest experiments (Doom). We only encountered quite a bit of delay in a game at Wreckfest.

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The famous demos

We end with a very important point: the famous PS Plus Premium demos. As it stands, with the final level of the subscription offer, you can try 15 titles: Horizon Forbidden West, Cyberpunk 2077, Uncharted Legacy of Thieves Collection … Note that these are not just the biggest blockbusters. We note, for example, the presence of Farming Simulator 2022, Lego City Undercover, Elex II. Primarily, it is not possible to play the same number of hours on each. It will be 5 hours for Aloy’s adventure, 2 hours for Nathan Drakes or one hour for OlliOlliWorld. The test window seems to adapt to the genre and the time required for an initial opinion.

Another good point, the weight of the demo does not match the weight of the complete software. For Cyberpunk, we uploaded 55 GB (vs. 166 GB) and 68 GB vs. 89 GB in Uncharted. During the trial period itself, the timer runs when you start a title and also runs in the pause menus (but not on the console home screen when a software is open). It is also possible to leave the game and then return to it later: Sony then indicates the remaining time at startup. The company finally specifies that “all purchases made during the trial period will be available throughout the game”. We imagine that this also applies to the backups recorded during the demo.

Demos Available in PS Plus (PS5)

New PS Plus: A Killer Game Pass?  Our verdict on the PlayStation offer!New PS Plus: A Killer Game Pass?  Our verdict on the PlayStation offer!New PS Plus: A Killer Game Pass?  Our verdict on the PlayStation offer!

To conclude:

With this new PlayStation Plus, Sony is taking an encouraging first step to go on the flower beds of the Game Pass. Admittedly, the PS4 and PS5 application lacks ergonomics, but it’s something that will inevitably get better in the future. Yes, the exclusives are not included from the first day of release, but the catalog includes big blockbusters and trial versions of some triple-A (and not just PlayStation). Even retro games have been visually enhanced! Shortly said, all the ingredients are there. Maybe not to make a Game Pass killer, but rather to give even more readability and strength to the PS4 / PS5 offering. And so it is already very good.


About the new PlayStation Plus:

What is PlayStation Plus?

PlayStation Plus is the subscription formula for PS4 and PS5. Through various offers, you can enjoy hundreds of PlayStation titles, a list of retro games ranging from PS1 to PS3 and even streaming playback, depending on your subscription level.

What are the 3 PS Plus offers?

PlayStation Plus consists of three levels: Essential (€ 8.99 / month), Extra (€ 13.99 / month) and Premium (€ 16.99 / month). The first offers the same benefits as the old PS Plus (online games, save in the cloud, games included every month, exclusive discounts via PlayStation Store). The other also benefits from a catalog of about 400 PS4 titles | PS5. And the third adds on top of retro software (PSP, PS1, PS2, PSP), remote reading of a selection of games thanks to streaming and – importantly – demos to test a handful of blockbusters.

Who can benefit from free PlayStation Plus games?

Depending on your subscription, you will not have access to the same games. With PlayStation Plus Essential you are entitled to the PS Plus Collection (PS5 only) and to the titles offered each month. With Extra you have access to a PS4 catalog | PS5 with about 400 apps. And with Premium, you get nearly 340 retro games, streaming of PS3 titles and demos.

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